How to Repair a Paperback Book

By Noreen Doll.

I was asked if I could repair a paperback book with a glued binding that had several of the pages falling out.

This is a large (8 1/2 x 11) drawing book that was often left open for referral, and as a consequence many of the pages had become loose.


Because I wanted to cut off as little as possible to preserve the content, I narrowly shaved off the spine with a sharp knife.

In order for the pages to work in a spiral binding, each of them had to be separated from the others.

So I carefully detached each page, making sure to keep them in the proper order as some of them were not numbered.

I needed to use a paper cutter on the glued edge of several of the sheets to clean and straighten the edge. But I removed only the tiniest amount possible.

Several of the pages were printed with photos right up to the binding.

To figure out the best place to add holes, I cut a sheet of paper to the size of the pages and experimented with that until I was satisfied how it would look.

Be sure to punch holes in the correct edge!

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I then used clothespins to hold together several pages at a time while I ran them through my Bind It All to create the holes for the spirals.


After all the pages and both covers were punched, I followed the directions with my Bind It All for attaching the spirals.


Now the binding is very sturdy and the book stays open for study.

© Noreen Doll

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  1. I have done the spiral binding with my Bible Study Workbooks before because it is easier when the pages are flat. Great idea.

  2. Cool idea!my son will love to have one!!

  3. This is such a great way to make a book readable again! So many paperbacks fall apart after being read, and it’s nice to have a way to put them back together in a more permanent way. :)

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